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Playa de Arenillas Surf Guide

Playa de Arenillas in Cantabria is a fairly exposed river break that does not work very often. Autumn and winter are the favoured times of year for waves. Ideal winds are from the southwest. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the best swell direction is from the northwest. The river breaks favour rights. Best around low tide. Rarely crowded here. Crowds may reach hazard levels at this break - consider wearing a lid.

Playa de Arenillas Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
13.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa de Arenillas:

The best conditions reported for surf at Playa de Arenillas occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Playa de Arenillas (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Playa de Arenillas with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 50% of the time in January while 26% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 24% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Playa de Arenillas Location Map

Interactive Playa de Arenillas surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Playa de Arenillas is Bilbao Airport (BIO) in Spain, 34 km (21 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Playa de Arenillas is Santander Airport (SDR), also in Spain, 42 km (26 miles) away.

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Playa de Arenillas Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 7 February 2023, 03:24 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 17 16 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Playa de Arenillas

Surf stats for Playa de Arenillas, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Playa de Arenillas

Wind stats for Playa de Arenillas, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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